A cultural melting pot, Taiwan has been shaped by its complex history and ever-changing politics. The island has been occupied at different times by various Asian and European nations, and Taiwan’s built environment showcases a mix of various international styles. From traditional stilt homes and classical Chinese structures to reinforced concrete designs, the breadth of Taiwanese architecture goes hand in hand with its complex past.
Such architectural diversity has led to a distinctive built environment showcasing varied styles and influences. Inventiveness and reflectivity characterize contemporary Taiwanese architects, who observe both international design trends along with local practices and who work to create an architectural language that not only reflects the past but speaks to the future.
With so many architecture firms to choose from, it’s challenging for clients to identify the industry leaders that will be an ideal fit for their project needs. Fortunately, Architizer is able to provide guidance on the top design firms in Taiwan based on more than a decade of data and industry knowledge.
How are these architecture firms ranked?
The following ranking has been created according to key statistics that demonstrate each firm’s level of architectural excellence. The following metrics have been accumulated to establish each architecture firm’s ranking, in order of priority:
- The number of A+Awards won (2013 to 2023)
- The number of A+Awards finalists (2013 to 2023)
- The number of projects selected as “Project of the Day” (2009 to 2023)
- The number of projects selected as “Featured Project” (2009 to 2023)
- The number of projects uploaded to Architizer (2009 to 2023)
Each of these metrics is explained in more detail at the foot of this article. This ranking list will be updated annually, taking into account new achievements of Taiwan architecture firms throughout the year.
Without further ado, here are the 30 best architecture firms in Taiwan:
Since its establishment, we have completed works covering different spatial types and scales of public, commercial, residential and exhibition.
We believe that design is not only about functional and aesthetic satisfaction, but also about the influence of space on society through continuous experimentation and breakthroughs. We also hope to find a more harmonious and coexisting NEW space type between human and natural environment.
Some of CYS.ASDO’s most prominent projects include:
The following statistics helped CYS.ASDO achieve 30th place in the 30 Best Architecture Firms in Taiwan:
29. Paradox Studio
Paradox Studio is a Taipei based architecture firm that strives to develop architectural and interior projects that engage world culture and local consciousness, conceptual art and pragmatism. The firm is involved in projects at all scales, ranging from interior exhibition space to landscape masterplan.
Some of Paradox Studio’s most prominent projects include:
The following statistics helped Paradox Studio achieve 29th place in the 30 Best Architecture Firms in Taiwan:
Based in Taiwan, Arcadian Architecture+Design is a design-oriented team with a forward-looking international vision and quality design capabilities.
Some of Arcadian Architecture+Design’s most prominent projects include:
The following statistics helped Arcadian Architecture+Design achieve 28th place in the 30 Best Architecture Firms in Taiwan:
Find the core value of a space is the first step of design. We help clients to solve the problem in managing the space. The way to solve problem has to be pure and simple. We respect and be honest to every projects.Chu Chih-Kang Space Design is in list of the 2015 AD100 – The Influential Design Company in China.
Some of Chu Chih-Kang Space Design’s most prominent projects include:
The following statistics helped Chu Chih-Kang Space Design achieve 27th place in the 30 Best Architecture Firms in Taiwan:
布希先生空間設計, also known as Ryan Lai’s Design, is an interior design studio based in Taiwan. The studio specializes in commercial and residential design.
Some of 布希先生空間設計 (Ryan Lai’s Design)’s most prominent projects include:
The following statistics helped 布希先生空間設計 (Ryan Lai’s Design) achieve 26th place in the 30 Best Architecture Firms in Taiwan:
25. ArchiBlur Lab
The development of modern architecture stresses the eternal pursuit for systematic efficiency, visual superiority, and natural boundaries. However, often because of the inability to resist time, the roof collapses and the stairwell shows non-geometric discontinuity, leaving walls with longer substantive temporality, or even a complete openness in the end.
For buildings, this is a formal destruction and dissipation of bodily constraints, as animal nomadism and plant parasitism become the context of masters to the house. This natural transference leads to a disordered time and space. Dissipation of function causes the original space to lose directionality. The non-systematic dilapidation of the roof leads to local plant growth and a place full of vitality.
Some of ArchiBlur Lab’s most prominent projects include:
The following statistics helped ArchiBlur Lab achieve 25th place in the 30 Best Architecture Firms in Taiwan:
Emerge architects & associates is an award-winning design studio based in Taipei Taiwan, founded by two AA School master graduates Sam CY Yang 楊秋煜 and Ally WY Chang 張雯怡. Emerge architects focus on merging the boundary of different disciplines, operating with the fields of urbanism, architecture, interior and furniture design. Our work enthuse the balance of innovation and sustainable development, current work widely in Taiwan and China.
Some of Emerge architects & associates 上滕聯合建築師事務所’s most prominent projects include:
The following statistics helped Emerge architects & associates 上滕聯合建築師事務所 achieve 24th place in the 30 Best Architecture Firms in Taiwan:
23. Yuan Architects
Yuan Architects is an international design firm focusing on strategy, architecture and design for architecture, interior and exhibition projects, the team has a wealth of experience and comprises architects, interior designers, decorators, graphic designers and digital experts.
Some of Yuan Architects’s most prominent projects include:
The following statistics helped Yuan Architects achieve 23rd place in the 30 Best Architecture Firms in Taiwan:
Bio-Architecture Formosana ( BAF ) was founded in 1999 by Ching Hwa Chang and Ying Chao Kuoin Taipei, Taiwan. BAF incorporates local and international architects, interior designers, design talents and engineers. As a Taiwan-based firm with global perspectives, we provide professional architecture and environmental design services. We practice sustainable design throughout our projects, from initial planning to operation. Our experiences and successful projects reassure the attainability of a sustainable lifestyle. Through our attentive design and planning, we hope to create a healthy environment which eliminates the boundary between human and nature.
Some of Bio Architecture Formosana’s most prominent projects include:
- ITRI Central Innovation Campus Exterior Design, Nantou County, Taiwan
- AAM Art and Arch Museum, Taichung, Taiwan
- ITRI Research Lab, Nantou, Taiwan
- ITRI Research Complex, Nantou County, Taiwan
- Songshan Public Housing, Taipei, Taiwan
The following statistics helped Bio Architecture Formosana achieve 22nd place in the 30 Best Architecture Firms in Taiwan:
Che Fu Chang Architects is a small-sized architect firm based in Taipei Taiwan founded by its principal Steven Che Fu Chang in 1978. Steven C.F. Chang started his own practice after a long period working in the prestigious Edward Larrabee Barnes Associates for nine years.
Since then, he had designed diverse projects ranging from transportation, museum to residential which shaped the city of Taipei. His projects aim to melt the Chinese spirit into modern architecture and celebrate the interaction between citizens and streets. The office recently focuses more on industrial and commercial projects, big or small, with a hope of mixing playful and practical ideas into a smart architectural solution.
Some of CHE FU CHANG ARCHITECTS’s most prominent projects include:
- ALP Logistic Republic Taichung, Taichung City, Taiwan
- The New Mission Center of Chè-lâm Presbyterian Church, Taipei City, Taiwan
- Taipei MRT Daan Park Station, Taipei, Taiwan
- Taipai Park Zone A, Taipei, Taiwan
- ALP Logistic Republic Box A, Taipei, Taiwan
The following statistics helped CHE FU CHANG ARCHITECTS achieve 21st place in the 30 Best Architecture Firms in Taiwan:
CCL Architects & Planners was founded in July 2004, is committed to the integration of environmental planning both aesthetics and architectural space, with 2D and 3D drawing creation constituted, with operating entity model, any possibility to experience space, is a charge of vitality and creativity of young design firm.
Some of CCL Architects & Planners’s most prominent projects include:
- Circle of Happiness, Taoyuan City, Taiwan
- The Home, Taipei, Taiwan
- Running Pacidal / Kindergarten Sinchen, Hualien County, Taiwan
- Kaiseki-The House, New Taipei City, Taiwan
- House Hsiung, New Taipei City, Taiwan
The following statistics helped CCL Architects & Planners achieve 20th place in the 30 Best Architecture Firms in Taiwan:
Marty Chou Architecture was founded in 2013, and has since been dedicated to pursue the art of clarity and the beauty of simplicity in architecture.
Some of Marty Chou Architecture’s most prominent projects include:
The following statistics helped Marty Chou Architecture achieve 19th place in the 30 Best Architecture Firms in Taiwan:
Based in Taichung, Taiwan, Atelier S.U.P.E.R.B. is a design practice specializing in architecture, landscape, interior and fabrication.
Some of Atelier S.U.P.E.R.B.’s most prominent projects include:
The following statistics helped Atelier S.U.P.E.R.B. achieve 18th place in the 30 Best Architecture Firms in Taiwan:
17. Atelier Boter
Atelier Boter is an architecture firm based in Pinctung County, Taiwan. The firm’s portfolio spans from residential, commercial to cultural design.
Some of Atelier Boter’s most prominent projects include:
- T Residence, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
- LoDer Eyewear, Pingtung County, Taiwan
- Liao’s, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
- The Second Floor, Daliao District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
- Wenfung Furniture Show House, Daliao District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
The following statistics helped Atelier Boter achieve 17th place in the 30 Best Architecture Firms in Taiwan:
16. Ganna Design
Ganna Space Design was established in 2010, with the aim of infinite possibilities for space transformation, creating a beautiful vision for the space to be going to in the future. “Gan” means pleasant and sweet, while “Na” means tolerance, which means that Ganna faces the relationship between space and people with a humble attitude, and then designs a space that is both comfortable, beautiful and practical.
Some of Ganna Design’s most prominent projects include:
- Hotpot , Taipei, Taiwan
- Tint Home, Taipei, Taiwan
- Camping@home, Taipei City, Taiwan
- Ganna Design Studio, Taipei, Taiwan
- At Will, Taipei, Taiwan
The following statistics helped Ganna Design achieve 16th place in the 30 Best Architecture Firms in Taiwan:
15. ST design studio
keep it light, keep it original and keep it real! Our mission is to define the essence of each project through the close study of the client’s nature and overall context. We believe that every project should tell it’s own story.
The focus of our design is to make each space meaningful and functional with defined atmosphere by putting extra attention on custom-made elements and unique details. And we believe in simplicity in form and humbleness in materials, because we think the life is better without complication.
Some of ST design studio’s most prominent projects include:
The following statistics helped ST design studio achieve 15th place in the 30 Best Architecture Firms in Taiwan:
14. A Little Design
A Little Design is a Taipei-based architecture firm that specializes in the design of extra small residential spaces.
Some of A Little Design’s most prominent projects include:
- 17.6-square-meter Apartment, Taipei, Taiwan
- Tiny Apartment in Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
- Apartment X, Taipei, Taiwan
- Apartment W, Taipei, Taiwan
- Apartment M, Taipei, Taiwan
The following statistics helped A Little Design achieve 14th place in the 30 Best Architecture Firms in Taiwan:
XRANGE is an architecture and design firm founded 2003 in Taipei by architect Grace Cheung and industrial designer and serial entrepreneur Royce YC Hong. XRANGE operates on multiple scales, incorporating master plans, architecture, landscape, products and concepts with a scope and diversity of projects that is one of a kind in Taiwan.
Steered by the founders’ extensive international background and cultural fluency, XRANGE’s work is characterized by concise strategic thinking, bold forms and distinctive material attitude shaped by the urban contexts of Asia. Inspired by constraints unique to every project, XRANGE’s architecture is systematic, tactile and absolutely unconventional. XRANGE‘s design visions are bold, grounded and inimitable.
Some of XRANGE Architects’s most prominent projects include:
The following statistics helped XRANGE Architects achieve 13th place in the 30 Best Architecture Firms in Taiwan:
PhoebeSayswow Architects is a Taipei-based professional service providing architectural/interior design consultancy, co-founded in 2015 by RISD and AA School of Architecture alumni, Phoebe Wen and Shihhwa Hung.
The practice marries design researches with built projects and fabrications, in which advanced construction methods, materiality and spatial quality meets humanity and changing environment. In order to deliver each unique project, we constantly work as a multidisciplinary collective of designers, artists, engineers and various specialists.
Some of Phoebe Says Wow Architects Ltd. / PSW建築設計研究室’s most prominent projects include:
The following statistics helped Phoebe Says Wow Architects Ltd. / PSW建築設計研究室 achieve 12th place in the 30 Best Architecture Firms in Taiwan:
Born in Chiayi, Taiwan. Shen Ting Tseng is the founder of Shen Ting Tseng architects. The architecture firm is based in Taipei, Taiwan. With a standpoint of reinterpreting the relation between architecture, environment and nature, the team searches for appropriate forms for every role in each architecture, and creates new spaces and living settings that are authentic poetic.
On-going and built projects includes Light House (a townhouse project), The Marine Life Cultivation Center of National Taiwan Ocean University, Floating Pavilion, Chiayi Train Station Plaza renovation, etc.
Some of Shen Ting Tseng architects’s most prominent projects include:
The following statistics helped Shen Ting Tseng architects achieve 11th place in the 30 Best Architecture Firms in Taiwan:
“Re-inventing Building Type” is what Studiobase Architects pays close attention to at this stage. How to discover the unattended, unexpressed facts concealed within site, program, or construction process and to turn them into the catalysts of creating new building type, is the core of our design strategies.
Studiobase Architects was founded in Taichung city, Taiwan in 2003. It operates in the full width of the architectural and design domain. Works are mostly focused on the development of spatial prototypes that integrate urban context and landscape. This exploration finds its results also in seeking new ways of architectural programming. Principle Ming-Wei Huang (born 1967) graduated from Harvard GSD with M.
Some of Studiobase Architects’s most prominent projects include:
The following statistics helped Studiobase Architects achieve 10th place in the 30 Best Architecture Firms in Taiwan:
GLOCAL / Global+Local is our attitude for living, and architecture indeed is a space that offers it. We hope to provide more design possibilities by studying the character of different living essence instead of forcing a different living habit to fit in an international building form and turn ourselves into an international building maker. After years of traveling and working experiences all over the world, we try to truly realize the spirit and character of Taiwan’s architecture, which is full of unique appearance and vitality that is so special than other places around the world.
Being a resident of Asia and a well oversea educated and experienced architect, we hope our background is able to play an important role during current architectural revolution in this global era. We believe that design shall not only be focusing on esthetic forms, formal analysis nor digital parameter calculation; we do believe that architecture design should be a process based on living , culture, history, surroundings, and environment which were formed and generated through time. Therefore, we do hope that our design intention could positively response to the essence of local elements and also to express its era’s global hallmark.
Some of BBC Architects’s most prominent projects include:
The following statistics helped BBC Architects achieve 9th place in the 30 Best Architecture Firms in Taiwan:
Established in 2007, Waterfrom Design straddles both the interior design and the architecture field, believing that design should be like water, simple and pure, organic and ever-changing, retaining the simple, neatness of water’s essence, and displaying possibilities without framework in concept. We strive to give attention to the story and context of the space and time, to create spaces that can convey messages, and let emotions settle and mature. In recent years, Waterfrom Design has received the Golden Pin Award, Asia Pacific Interior Design Award, Taiwan Interior Design Award, and their work has been reported by the Italian, Dutch, French, Korean and other international media.
Some of Waterfrom Design’s most prominent projects include:
The following statistics helped Waterfrom Design achieve 8th place in the 30 Best Architecture Firms in Taiwan:
Q-Lab was founded in 2007 by Borden Tseng and Sense Tseng in Taipei, Taiwan, as a critical investigation of architecture in the context of metropolis, intensely over-populated urban conditions, and other emergent cultural niches that define contemporary society. Amid the many frictions defining spatial conditions in the twenty-first century, namely past vs. future, local vs. global, utopia vs. reality, and individual vs. collective, Q-Lab focuses on the operative complexity of these multiple conditions instead of striving for a singular, unified perspective.
For each architectural project, which exist across a wide range of scales, Q-Lab explores issues such as spatial systems/matrices, building materials/techniques, and typological divergences to foster a vision that allows the discovery of new socio /cultural potential.
Some of Q-LAB’s most prominent projects include:
The following statistics helped Q-LAB achieve 7th place in the 30 Best Architecture Firms in Taiwan:
The essence of space is about people
In the idea of addition and subtraction
The starting point of the design comes from the original single and pure
Yuan Yuan design insists on the taste of design in material selection and details
We specialize in the use of bold natural elements, elegant proportions and material variations
Constructing a harmonious space with high quality and comfort
Expressing a blend of ordinary living attitude and aesthetics
Nothing more or nothing less
Good space brings a lot of imagination to people
Through natural, simple, pure and uncomplicated visual presentation
Our creation is an expression of eternity that deserves to be touched
Some of PENY HSIEH INTERIORS’s most prominent projects include:
- Flowing Vector, Taipei City, Taiwan
- Serenity in the City, New Taipei City, Taiwan
- Infinite Creativity, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
- Sculpture of Materials, Taoyuan City, Taiwan
- The Landscape Within, Taipei, Taiwan
The following statistics helped PENY HSIEH INTERIORS achieve 6th place in the 30 Best Architecture Firms in Taiwan:
JC Architecture is a multidisciplinary design firm that projects include architecture, interior, industrial, visual design, jewelry design, transportation, and furniture based in New York and Taiwan, collaborating with clients from various industries. JCA operates as a studio think tank, developing, researching, and experimenting with methodologies for new possibilities.
We include design in every aspect of their work.
Some of J.C. Architecture’s most prominent projects include:
The following statistics helped J.C. Architecture achieve 5th place in the 30 Best Architecture Firms in Taiwan:
It is important to build connections between people and the environment, and strives for consistency in its designs, from architecture to interior design, and wishes the result is a harmonious environment where human life maintains contact with nature.
Architecture can have a lot of sensibility and imagination, standardized regional cutting is no longer the only option, the fuzzy boundary makes the use of space as a whole more spacious and smooth, not only reduce the alienation of people, but also inclusive of the meaning of innovation without boundaries; expectations in the environment, architecture, space and people to create a close relationship.
Some of Chain10 Architecture & Interior Design Institute’s most prominent projects include:
The following statistics helped Chain10 Architecture & Interior Design Institute achieve 4th place in the 30 Best Architecture Firms in Taiwan:
JJP is an architectural and planning firm dedicated to providing creative solutions for the built environment. Founded in January, 1981 by Mr. Joshua Jih Pan, the firm is based in Taipei, Taiwan with offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen. The firm combines talented design capability and diversified technical experience into a comprehensive, world-class service package for clients in Taiwan and around the globe.
The firm has demonstrated the highest levels of professional expertise, especially in large complex projects. Such accomplishment is also affirmed by the numerous awards for design excellence that the firm has received.
Some of JJP Architects and Planners’s most prominent projects include:
- Ring of Celestial Bliss, Hsinchu City, Taiwan
- Church of Suan-Lien Center for the Elderly, Taipei City, Taiwan
- Hunya Chocolate Museum (Republic of Chocolate), Taoyuan County, Taiwan
- National Library of Public Information, Taichung City, Taiwan
- Multi-Functional Auditorium, National Central University, Taoyuan City, Taiwan
The following statistics helped JJP Architects and Planners achieve 3rd place in the 30 Best Architecture Firms in Taiwan:
MAYU architects+, founded in 1999 as Malone Chang Architects, later as Malone Chang and Yu-lin Chen Architects, is an interdisciplinary practice based in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The scope of MAYU architects+’s works spans from large scale civic projects to small scale ones. The studio recognizes the importance of teamwork in the creation of architecture, while maintaining the individuality and artistry of each project.
Therefore an architectural approach balancing the interdisciplinary cooperation and artistic inspiration is applied. The studio’s conception to a project avoids presumption of fixed style and dogmatism, in favor of a dynamic and organic process. The dialogue between site, context, programs, time, materials, users, and clients constantly contributes to the forming of architecture.
Some of MAYU architects’s most prominent projects include:
- Pingtung Public Library, Pingtung County, Taiwan
- Tainan Tung-Men Holiness Church, Tainan, Taiwan
- Dadong Arts Center, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
- Tainan Public Library, Tainan City, Taiwan
- Dadong Arts Center, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
The following statistics helped MAYU architects achieve 2nd place in the 30 Best Architecture Firms in Taiwan:
KRIS YAO | ARTECH is an Asia-based architectural firm with offices in Taipei and Shanghai. Kris Yao (Hon. FAIA) is the founding architect. The firm’s portfolio demonstrates years of practice in various architecture types, including offices, commercial, hospitality, cultural, educational, transportation, performing arts centers, residential, spiritual spaces, etc.
The team’s design philosophy strives to achieve excellence in design, finding ways to employ innovative yet appropriate technologies to create poetic architectural spaces that integrate the cultural context, and the sense of scale and place.
Some of KRIS YAO | ARTECH’s most prominent projects include:
- China Steel Corporation Headquarters, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
- Taiwan High Speed Rail-Changhua Station, Changhua County, Taiwan
- Palace Museum, Southern Branch, Chiayi City, Taiwan
- Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts, New Taipei City, Taiwan
- Lanyang Museum, Yilan County, Taiwan
The following statistics helped KRIS YAO | ARTECH achieve 1st place in the 30 Best Architecture Firms in Taiwan:
Why Should I Trust Architizer’s Ranking?
With more than 30,000 architecture firms and over 130,000 projects within its database, Architizer is proud to host the world’s largest online community of architects and building product manufacturers. Its celebrated A+Awards program is also the largest celebration of architecture and building products, with more than 400 jurors and hundreds of thousands of public votes helping to recognize the world’s best architecture each year.
Architizer also powers firm directories for a number of AIA (American Institute of Architects) Chapters nationwide, including the official directory of architecture firms for AIA New York.
A Guide to Project Awards
The blue “”+”” badge denotes that a project has won a prestigious A+Award as described above. Hovering over the badge reveals details of the award, including award category, year, and whether the project won the jury or popular choice award.
The orange Project of the Day and yellow Featured Project badges are awarded by Architizer’s Editorial team, and are selected based on a number of factors. The following factors increase a project’s likelihood of being featured or awarded Project of the Day status:
- Project completed within the last 3 years
- A well written, concise project description of at least 3 paragraphs
- Architectural design with a high level of both functional and aesthetic value
- High quality, in focus photographs
- At least 8 photographs of both the interior and exterior of the building
- Inclusion of architectural drawings and renderings
- Inclusion of construction photographs
There are 7 Projects of the Day each week and a further 31 Featured Projects. Each Project of the Day is published on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Stories, while each Featured Project is published on Facebook. Each Project of the Day also features in Architizer’s Weekly Projects Newsletter and shared with 170,000 subscribers.
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